Bangsar is famed for housing many well-established eateries from different cultures, but it's slightly ironic that there hasn't been a good Chinese restaurant in the area. There is Reunion in Bangsar Village 2, but apart from that choices of Chinese food are few and far between. That has changed a little bit now with Village Roast Duck in Bangsar Village 1!
We usually pass by poor BV1 in favour of the larger and newer BV2. But mother had been going on and on about how good the duck was at this place that we finally came to try it one Sunday evening. The shop-lot isn't very big or spacious so there aren't many tables. Expect a bit of waiting time if you come during peak hours without reservations.
Space is precious in Village Roast Duck, but they still manage to afford a few partitions to create a slightly more private ambiance for large groups.
Our meal started with complimentary watercress soup that was served while waiting for all the dishes to arrive. A simple yet very special and nice gesture that kept our tummies warm while we waited for more food. =)
Being a fan of beancurd, we had the House Special 'Pei Pa' Bean Curd. The beancurd was soft and silky, and the gravy packed a mean, fiery punch (play spot the chillies in the picture above)! Went great with rice.
Coming up next, was the Stir Fried String Bean with Minced Pork (RM 18.80). Juicy string beans, fried well with a good amount of 'wok hei'. Not too spicy, so this was a crowd-pleaser all round the table of 4. =D
To finish up the vegetables before I move on to 'meatier' matters; Village Roast Duck also serves some claypot brinjals. Brinjals are undoubtedly one of Wendy's favourite vegetables so if there's one that looks good we usually have it it! I found this Braised Aubergine with Minced Pork in Hot Pot (RM 16.80) just okay though because the brinjals were a bit too soft and the sauce was a bit too sweet. Nothing to really complain about this, but I can't rave about it either. You can get better versions elsewhere.
On to the meat! To balance out all the duck we were having, we had the Peking Spare Ribs (RM 22.80) too. These were quite good; Wendy detected some fruity hints in the rib glaze so it was on the sweet side as expected. The meat wasn't chosen very well though; some had lots of meat while other pieces were mostly bone. Overall, another okay dish to have.
And of course, their Special Boneless Roast Duck (RM 34 for half a duck)! Prices of duck at Village Roast Duck aren't cheap by any standards, which is understandable considering the location. Is it worth it? I think it's definitely worth a try! The meat is tender, and the skin is undeniably, unhealthily good. There's a lot of sauce in the picture and yes, that's how it is in real life too. Definitely good for those who like lots of sauce with their duck rice! Finally, good quality duck that can be found in a nice restaurant instead of from the back of a van. =D
Oh, we also had a a dish of Fried Rice, but this was hardly remarkable. A shame really, considering the high price it cost, it certainly wasn't justified with the morsels of seafood inside. If ever you visit this restaurant, give this a miss and just go for white rice. Save $$ and have a better time mixing white rice with lots of duck sauce. =D
But that was not the end! Halfway through dinner we decided we still had space for more food, so we settled on some Crispy Aromatic Duck with Pancakes (RM 18.80)! Although this is common back in London, over here it somehow hasn't caught on very well. For those who are unfamiliar, crispy aromatic duck consists of duck meat that is stripped off the bone.....
.....spring onions and cucumbers that are also cut up into strips.......
.....and a flat pancake to roll everything in! There is also sweet sauce provided to spread on the pancake, an absolute necessity for this dish. Spread the sauce on the pancake like butter on bread, allocate your personal ratio of duck:cucumber:spring onion (my percentage is 75:25:0.. =P), roll it up like popiah and pop into mouth! A delightful and filling dish that is usually had before the main meal, but we did things a bit differently this time. =P
So that concludes our maiden trip to Village Roast Duck. We didn't come away awe-struck by the food, but it did well enough for us to consider a second visit, especially with other interesting-looking dishes too. =)
Village Roast Duck
Lot F8, 1st Floor,
Bangsar Village Shopping Centre,
No. 1, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +6 03 2287 4128
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am-10pm